Outside of Italy, Pinot Grigio is often called Pinot Gris. In Germany, it’s called Grauburgunder. Regardless of the name, it’s all the same grape, a mutant of the Pinot grape that has also evolved into Pinot Blanc, Pinot Muenier and Pinot Noir.
Although the wines produced by Pinot Gris are usually white, the grape itself is reddish grey. The French word gris and the German word grau both mean grey, hence their inclusion in the grape’s name.
Just because Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris and Grauburgunder are all made with the same grape doesn’t mean that they make the same kinds of wines. Most Italian Pinot Grigios are light bodied with citrus flavours, while wines made with the same grape in other countries tend to exhibit more ripe fruit, spice and honeyed characteristics.
Pinot Gris is the second most produced white wine – behind only Chardonnay – in the United States, which produces more Pinot Gris than any other country except Italy. La Crema Pinot Gris is produced in the cool Monterey wine region south of San Francisco, California. Unlike the prevalent neutral-flavoured Pinot Grigios from Italy, La Crema Pinot Gris has more fruit flavours to go with lively acidity. It pairs well with summer fare – light salads with vinaigrette dressings; light pastas, especially with seafood or lemon; and soft cheeses.
La Crema Pinot Gris is available at West Indies Wine Company for $22.49 per bottle. Mention this article to receive a free taste of this wine and to receive a 10 per cent discount on a purchase of La Crema